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1 Access Control: Firewalls (1) World is divided in good and bad guys ---> access control (security checks) at a single point of entry/exit: in medieval castles: drawbridge in corporate buildings: security/reception desk in computer networks: firewalls

2 Access Control: Firewalls (2) Firewalls fall into four broad categories dependent on which layer they are implemented: packet filters circuit-level gateways application-level gateways multilayer inspection firewall Packet Filtering Firewall Circuit-Level Gateway

3 Access Control: Firewalls (3) Example of packet filtering rules Results of packet filtering

4 Access Control: Firewalls (4) Application-Level Gateway Multilayer Inspection Firewall Multilayering offer a high level of security and good performance but are expensive due to their complexity they are potentially less secure than simpler types of firewalls ---> require administration by highly competent personnel Firewalls introduce a trade-off between the degree of communication with the outside world and the level of security filters cannot prevent spoofing of IP addresses and port numbers ---> often use a all-or-nothing policy gateways can have software bugs ---> may allow attackers to penetrate them using wireless communication or dial-up modems ---> possibility of bypassing firewalls

5 Transport Layer(1) Ultimate goal: To provide efficient, reliable, and cost-effective service to its users, i.e. processes in the application layer. To achieve this goal, the transport layer makes use of the services provided by the network layer. This work is done by the so-called transport entity. It may be implemented in the OS kernel in a separate user process in a library package bound into network applications on a separate network interface card Logical relationship between the involved layers

6 Transport Layer(2) Why using two distinct layers (network and transport) for similar services: The network layer is part of the communication subnet and is run by the carrier (at least for WAN s) ---> The transport layer forms the major boundary between the provider and the user of a (reliable) data transmission service ---> Thanks to the transport layer, it is possible for application programs to run, using a standard set of primitives, on different networks with possibly different subnet interfaces and reliability features ---> It fulfills the key function of isolating the upper layers from the technology, design, and imperfections of the subnet ---> In essence, it makes it possible for the transport service to be more reliable than the underlying network service ---> This is the main difference between the two services: real networks can lose packets, are not error-free because of its connectionless (datagram) type the (connection-oriented) transport service provides a reliable service on top Nesting of TPDU s, packets, and frames

7 Transport Layer(4) Different environments for data link and transport protocols, resp. Implications for transport protocols: explicit addressing of destinations is required initial connection establishment is more complicated potential existence of storage capacity in the subnet larger and dynamically varying number of connections

8 Transport Layer(5) Addressing (first approach) Addressing (second approach)

9 Transport Layer(6) How to deal with delayed duplicates? We must devise mechanisms to kill aged packets that are still wandering about ---> Packet lifetime can be restricted to a known maximum using one of the following techniques: restricted subnet design putting a hop counter in each packet timestamping each packet Establishing a Connection Problem: Getting both sides (sender and receiver) to agree on the initial sequence number Solution: The three-way handshake (also adopted in TCP) Normal operation

10 Transport Layer(8) Duplicate CR (Connection request) Duplicate CR and ACK

11 Transport Layer(9) Releasing a Connection Easier than establishing one, but still with pitfalls Abrupt disconnection with loss of data The two-army problem

12 Transport Layer(10) Four scenarios of releasing using a three-way handshake a) normal use b) final ACK TPDU is lost c) second DR lost d) case c) plus attempts to retransmit also fail

13 Transport Layer(11) Flow control and buffering There are similarities and differences w.r.t. to the same topic in the data link layer. Basic Similarity: sliding window or other scheme is needed on each connection to keep a fast transmitter from overrunning a slow receiver Main difference: a router usually has relatively few lines whereas a host may have numerous connections Question of buffer size Another bottleneck: the carrying capacity of the subnet ---> congestion problem Solution approach (also adopted in TCP): A sliding window flow control scheme in which the sender adjusts dynamically the window size to match the network s carrying capacity

14 Transport Layer(14) The Internet TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) Goal: Provide a reliable (connection-oriented) end-to-end byte stream over an unreliable internetwork Service to provide: Accepted user data streams from local processes are broken into pieces not exceeding 64K bytes Reconstruction of the original byte stream by reassembling the pieces in the proper sequence Time out and retransmission in order to guarantee proper delivery The TCP service model both the sender and receiver create end points called sockets Each socket has an identifier (address):= (IP address, 16-bit number local to that host called port) To obtain TCP service, a connection must be established between sockets of the sender and receiver A socket may be used for multiple connections at the same time Connections are identified by the socket identifiers at both ends: (socket1, socket2)

15 Transport Layer(16) The TCP Segment header

16 Transport Layer(17) The window management (transmission policy) in TCP

17 Transport Layer(18) The silly window syndrome

18 Transport Layer(19) UDP (User Data Protocol) Goal: Provide a connectionless (unreliable) way for applications to send encapsulated raw IP datagrams ---> UDP is nothing else than IP + transport layer header The UDP header Typical use: Client-server applications that have one request and one response

19 Transport Layer(20) Summary The transport layer is the key to understanding layered protocols. Its most important service is to provide an end-to-end, reliable, connection-oriented byte stream from sender to receiver. To do so, it must establish connections over unreliable networks ---> it must cope with delayed duplicate packets ---> it is done by means of a three-way-handshake release connections which is easier but still has to face the two-army problem handle the service primitives that permit establishing, using, and releasing of connections manage connections(transmission policy) and timer The main Internet transport protocol is TCP data is exchanged in the form of segments it uses a fixed 20-byte header + optional part + zero or more data bytes the basic transmission protocol used is the sliding window protocol a great deal of work has gone into optimizing TCP performance using various algorithms

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